Some good ideas have come from Gov. Butch Otter’s K-12 task force, Rep. Raul Labrador says.
For example, Labrador says he supports the task force’s big-ticket item, the five-year, $250 million career ladder plan to boost teacher pay.
But perhaps not surprisingly, that sentiment doesn’t extend from Otter’s task force to Otter himself. Labrador decries a lack of vision on education from the governor’s office — and if Labrador is elected governor, the father of five pledges to take more of an active role.
“If we’re going to take some of the credit then I think we need to take some of the blame at the governor’s office,” Labrador said in an interview this week.
Labrador is one of three big-name Republicans seeking to succeed the retiring Otter. Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Boise developer and physician Tommy Ahlquist are also vying for the May nomination.
Labrador, an immigration attorney, will leave Congress after four terms. Despite eight years on Capitol Hill, and the high profile that comes with it, Labrador still casts himself in the outsider’s role. His campaign paints Little, Otter’s preferred successor, as the establishment’s pick. And Labrador has a history of bucking the GOP establishment; before he was elected to Congress, Labrador was among a group of conservative legislators that stymied Otter’s attempt to raise taxes for road projects.